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Young People’s Service - COVID-19 RESPONSE

During the period of social distancing due to the Coronavirus outbreak, York Mind’s Young People Project will be offering the following  services to young people aged between 11-21 years old. We will also be offering Young People's Counselling for 16-25 year olds. For further information about our Young People`s Counselling Service click on the tab on the left.

If you have any questions about any of these services, email

If you would like to see the staff members and volunteers who will be delivering the service, click the Meet The Young People tab on the left. To join any of the services below, click here to make a referral or text us on 07483167931.

Telephone Drop-In

If you are aged between 11-21 and are struggling with your emotions, you can text 07483167931 and ask to speak on the phone or by text. We will text you back within 48 hours. If you would like a phone call, this text will include a time for that phone call within the next 7 days. Parents/Guardians can also text this number to learn more about our services 

We will chat to you about anything you are struggling with and like to chat about, and help you make a plan for moving forward.  You can also use the drop in to find out more about our other services below, and sign up for them if you would like.

Online Groups

York Mind will be running online video call groups, each of which will last either 4 or 5 weekly sessions of 1 hour, with extra time to chat at the end. A new round of these groups is starting in June. 

These will be:

Words & Wellbeing

These groups explore how words and writing can be used to support emotional well-being, with a particular focus on expressing emotions and building positive wellbeing. Any level of literacy can join this group, and work on using writing to work towards a positive future. 

The 16-21 group will run on Mondays from 4.30-5.30pm, starting from Monday 29th June. The 11-15 group will run on Tuesdays 4.30-5.30pm, starting on Tuesday 30th June.

Emotional Wellbeing Toolkits  

In these groups you will explore techniques for managing anxiety and low mood that can be created to be used within the home, such as creating positivity jars and learning calming exercises. 

The 16-21 group will run on Thursdays from 4.30-5.30pm, starting from Thursday 25th June. The 11-15 group will run on Fridays 4.30-5.30pm, starting on Friday 26th June.

Mindfulness skills 

In these groups you will learn skills around being present in the moment and aware of your own emotional processes, which can be used to help promote a positive state of mind. These skills can be useful to move forward from repeated stressful thought patterns and anxieties.

There will be a 16-21 Mindfulness group, running on Thursdays from 4.30-5.30pm, starting from Thursday 25th June.

Visual Art & Self-Esteem

You will explore identity and individuality through creative mediums such as drawing, painting, collage, sculpture or puppetry to learn how to focus on positive aspects of who they are and promote good self-esteem. You do not need to be an artist to join, everyone is welcome and we will be creating whatever art makes you feel good!

The 16-21 group will run on Mondays from 4.30pm-5.30pm starting from Monday 13th July. The 11-15 group will run on Wednesdays from 4.30pm-5.30pm, starting from Wednesday 15th July.

Referrals can be made either through the website, or texting the drop in number. An adult with your permission can also make the referral for you.

Click here to make a referral

Telephone Mentoring                              

Please note referrals for telephone mentoring are currently closedReferrals are expected to reopen later this year.

Young People aged 8-21 can refer in to receive mentoring support over the phone. You will have between 3 to 6 months of support, usually through fortnightly sessions. Each session will be with the same mentor, allowing you to build a trusting relationship. Your mentor will support you to set goals to improve your wellbeing, and to identify coping strategies that work for you. They will speak to you as a person, not just focusing on your mental health, but also your passions and interests.

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Upcoming events

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2nd August 2020, 8:00 - 12:00

*Virtual* York 10k 2020

The York 10k has had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But you can still get those miles in and raise funds for York Mind by taking on the challenge in your own time! Read more

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